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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Rare Winter Visitor - Wings On Wed.


White-winged Scoter - Willow Lake - Prescott, Az.

White wing bar visible in this image  

White-winged Scoter in flight - Willow Lake - Prescott, Az.

                                White-winged Scoter Range Map

Every Thursday I always look forward to read birder Eric Moore's (also owner of Jays's Bird Barn here in Prescott) articles in the Daily Courier.Eric's last post indicted there have been sightings of a White-winged Scoter hanging out at Willow Lake, which equates to 'extremely rare' in these parts.So I headed out to Willow Lake with low hopes of actually spotting this bird.I went to the location of the sightings and sure enough,there he was! The range map suggests this Scoter is a bit off course and is wintering in Prescott, Az. instead of California or Mexico.So very happy and lucky to get these photos and of course Eric's valuable information :)